Tuesdaynights Presents: Living Green Panel

Posted by Zen Yoga Strap on 12/4/2017 to News

Many people fear that a green lifestyle would be time consuming and costly. During the Tuesdaynights’ Living Green panel, women professionals and entrepreneurs proved that living green can be simple by taking small steps. They shared “tips” with attendees on how they can start making a difference and living sustainable lives. 

The panel was hosted on October 3, 2017, by LivingHomes and PlantPrefab at a LEED Platinum certified home in Santa Monica. Panelists included René Jones, head of United Talent Agency Foundation; Melissa Palmer, CEO of OSEA Malibu; Elena Christopoulos, Commissioner of City of Santa Monica; Jaime Nack, President of Three Squares Inc.; and Katie Bogue Miller, co-founder of LOVE GOODLY. Justine Lassoff, co-founder of LOVE GOODLY, and co-founder of Tuesdaynights, moderated the panel. 


     

The interior of the LivingHomes house (credit to: Lindy Huang Werges)



Katie began the discussions by suggesting diet changes to ease climate change. “Go Vegan! Animal agriculture generates more greenhouse gas emissions than cars, trucks, planes in the world combined.” Said Katie, “Every day that you choose plants over animal products, you not only save animals’ lives, but you save 1,100 gallons of water, 40 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forest, and reduce 20 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere.” Jaime added that social media had made being Vegan easier, as you can learn a lot of recipes from Instagram and bloggers.

As the only non-Vegan among the panelists, Elena indicated you don’t have to go Vegan to make changes. Even for meat-lovers, there are still healthier choices.


(Photo credit: Sunflower Vegetarian Cafe)


Reducing food waste is another change we can implement today. According to National Geographic, if global food waste were a country, it would be the world's third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind the U.S. and China[1]. René went on and shared her insights on food waste composting, “Keep a composting bin under your sink and add coffee grinds, veggies, and other compostable items.  It is amazing how must waste you can offset and you can produce great soil.”


 

Justine Lassoff moderating, René Jones, Elena Christopoulos, Katie Bogue Miller, Jaime Nack & Melissa Palmer. 

(Photo credit: Lindy Huang Werges)


Melissa shared a surprising tip to all of the attendees. Since tampons and pads cannot be recycled and it takes a large amount of cotton to make those feminine hygiene products, Mellissa recommend products like THINX, reusable period underwear, and The DivaCup, menstrual cup, to replace tampons and pads.

As the CEO of OSEA Malibu, a natural and non-toxic skincare company, Melissa also reminded the audience to be careful of cosmetics. "We care so much about what we take in our body, but not so much about what we put on our body." She explained that while food is under  strict inspection by the FDA, cosmetics products have much fewer regulations. When choosing cosmetics and skincare products, we can read labels before making purchases and do some research to avoid using toxic ingredients.


 

(Photo credit: Natural Baby Mama)


Melissa and Elena also urged the audience to refuse buying plastic water bottles. They said that this seems obvious, but very few people commit to it. Manufacturing plastic bottles emits huge amounts of greenhouse gases, and a lot of the bottles that cannot be recycled, end up in landfills or bodies of water. “They are in our water, our food, and our bodies. Try to eliminate single-use plastic from your daily routine.” Said Elena, “You can also contact your local and state representatives to not have plastic bottles at any City event.”


During the Q&A session, Sabrina K. Garba, Founder & CEO of Glass Ladder Group, asked the panelists, “As current education on sustainability is lacking and slow, how can we make it personal to people?” Jaime suggested making personal connections when starting the conversation, like talking about how climate change will affect people they love and care about. For example, a Long Beach mom might know more about ozone pollution than commissioners, as the issues are more relevant to her.


(Photo credit: Lindy Huang Werges)

Jaime went on and shared YouTube influencer  Prince Ea as an example. Prince Ea is a rapper and spoken-word artist based in St. Louis, Missouri. He has over 1 million subscribers on YouTube, and often addresses climate issues in his videos. Jaime said that Prince Ea reaches a different audience, compared to the panelists, all female and based in California. He made her realize how important it is to have diverse voices on sustainability issues to reach every community.


Prince Ea talking in his video (photo credit: Prince Ea)


Another attendee commented on the panel and said she learned a great deal from the panelists. People assumed that recycling and composting takes a lot of time and energy, but it saves time in the long- term.

Tuesdaynights’ annual Holiday Party, also the last event of the year, will be held on December 9.



 Thanks to:

Hosts: LivingHomes and Plant Prefab

Platinum Sponsor: TriNet

Gold sponsor: Silicon Valley Bank

Juice Sponsor: SUJA Juice

Snack Sponsor: Pulp Pantry

All utensils at the event were provided by a bamboo company and were recyclable.


(Photo credit: Lindy Huang Werges)

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